vo trong nghia architects renovates house in hanoi with cascading green façade
photo by vo trong nghia architects

 

 

 

in the vietnamese capital of hanoi, vo trong nghia architects has renovated a city center property that has stood on the site for 15 years. the design is a direct response to the country’s fast rate of development, a growth that has seen green space marginalized and the subsequent rise of environmental problems such as air pollution and flooding.

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the cascading waterfall of vegetation provides pleasant external views
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the dwelling is defined by its green façade, a cascading waterfall of vegetation that provides pleasant external views, while simultaneously ensuring privacy. old security fences have been removed, and replaced with galvanized steel trellises, attached to existing balconies upon which climbers grow. the façade is not only for residents, but also for neighbors, presenting an attractive leafy elevation to its surroundings. together with a roof garden that sits at the top of the property, the vegetation reduces energy consumption – shielding the building from harsh western sunlight.

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galvanized steel trellises are attached to existing balconies
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internally, the previously existing concrete staircase has been replaced with slender steel stairs, bringing natural light and ventilation inside the structure. in order to encourage communication between residents at ground and first floor levels, a void has been inserted – connecting the dining space with the study. protecting against damp and condensation, the property’s ground floor has been raised to install air ventilation.

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open plan living accommodation
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the environmental system is imagined as a prototype that can be applied to other structures in tropical climates, offering solutions to serious urban problems where the benefits of a green home can have a wider positive impact on the city.

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each area of the home forms a connection with the green façade
photo by hiroyuki oki

vo trong nghia architects green renovation hanoi vietnam designboom
the environmental system is imagined as a prototype that can be applied to other structures in tropical climates
photo by hiroyuki oki

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spacious bedroom with external balcony
photo by hiroyuki oki

vo trong nghia architects green renovation hanoi vietnam designboom
the previously existing concrete staircase has been replaced with slender steel stairs
photos by hiroyuki oki

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a roof garden sits at the top of the property, further reducing energy consumption
photo by hiroyuki oki

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façade detail showing vegetation climbing the steel enclosure
photos by hiroyuki oki

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the dwelling viewed from ground floor level
photos by hiroyuki oki

 

drawings

 

project info:

 

project name: green renovation
location: hanoi, vietnam        
architects: vo trong nghia architects
principal architects: vo trong nghia, takashi niwa, tran thi hang
project architects: ngo thuy duong, an viet dung
contractor: wind and water house jsc.
gfa: 387.9 sqm
program: private house